Snacks / Appetizers

Peel & Eat Chili / Garlic Shrimp

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Peel & Eat Chili / Garlic Shrimp

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Attention !!!   Bib and lot’s of paper towels required   🙂 
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Peel & Eat Chili / Garlic Shrimp

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Peel & Eat Chili / Garlic Shrimp

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Peel & Eat Chili / Garlic Shrimp

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Preparation :
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This dish is part of my upcoming meal plan # 2 –
“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH TWO 
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“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH ONE

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Haricots Verts En Salade

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Haricots Verts En Salade

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There is “Bean Salad” – and then, there is THIS “Bean Salad”!  🙂
Whether enjoyed as a snack, appetizer or main course – this bean salad ticks off all the marks for a wonderful salad: Beautiful, tasty and satisfying.
What else could you ask for from a salad? 🙂
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Haricots Verts En Salade

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Haricots Verts En Salade

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Haricots Verts En Salade

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Preparation :
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This dish is part of my upcoming meal plan # 2 –
“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH TWO 
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“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH ONE

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Salade De Gésiers (Romaine and Red Onions In Tarragon Vinaigrette, With Chili Gizzards & Honey Garlic Yogurt)

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Salade De Gésiers (Romaine and Red Onions In Tarragon Vinaigrette, With Chili Gizzards & Honey Garlic Yogurt)

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As loyal readers of ChefsOpinion, by now you know of my love of innards and lesser cuts of animals – feet, heart, necks, liver, tails, kidneys, tripe, marrow, tongue,etc.
I fully understand that not everybody is a fan, but on the other hand, many people are.
Today’s featured salad contains chicken gizzards, which are always a special treat for me. (If you prefer another part of the chicken, such as breast or leg, go right ahead – the taste will be nearly the same, but of course you’ll loose-out on the texture). The length of the cooking time of gizzards is VERY important – too short and thy will be too tough to enjoy, too long, and the wonderful texture will be gone and you will be left with hopeless crap. Usually, they will need about one to two hours of simmering or braising before frying or sauteing (Or saute them first, then braise one to two hours). Either way, if you are one of the many folks who love them, the time and effort is well worth the time 🙂
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Salade De Gésiers (Romaine and Red Onions In Tarragon Vinaigrette, With Chili Gizzards & Honey Garlic Yogurt)

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Salade De Gésiers (Romaine and Red Onions In Tarragon Vinaigrette, With Chili Gizzards & Honey Garlic Yogurt)

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Salade De Gésiers (Romaine and Red Onions In Tarragon Vinaigrette. With Chili Gizzards & Honey Garlic Yogurt)

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Preparation :
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This dish is part of my upcoming meal plan # 2 –
“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH TWO 
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“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH ONE

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Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician Style Octopus)

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Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician Style Octopus)

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A Coruña La Coruña ) is a city which I have often visited when I was a young man, about forty years ago.
Sabela, one of my friends from this other life, lived on the outskirts of the city with her parents, who at the time, probably imagined I’d be their future son in law 🙂
However, Sabela’s mom was a wonderful cook, and I remember many great meals in their house. The one dish that to this day still stands out in my mind is “Pulpo a la Gallega”.
This was a dish that I enjoyed in a much simpler version on a daily base, whenever Sabela and I hit the tapas bars, pulpo being one of my all-time favorite tapas. In the bar’s, “Pulpo a la Gallega” was simply octopus cooked until tender, then doused with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt and smoked paprika. However, at Sabela’s home, her mother turned this into a full main course, which is the dish I present here. It contains the basic ingredients – pulpo, olive oil, sea salt and smoked paprika, but then, onions, potatoes, garlic, chilies and cilantro are added. And there you have it – pulpo heaven on earth 🙂
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Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician Style Octopus)

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Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician Style Octopus)

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Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician Style Octopus)

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Preparation :
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This dish is part of my upcoming meal plan # 2 –
“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH TWO 
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“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH ONE

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Crabmeat, Baby Arugula, Avocado, Egg And Grape Tomato Salad In Honey/Mustard Vinaigrette

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Crabmeat, Baby Arugula, Avocado, Egg And Grape Tomato Salad In Honey/Mustard Vinaigrette

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This beautiful, tasty salad proofs once again that healthy food does not have to be ugly, tasteless or boring !
On the contrary, when looking at this lovely salad, who would not love to have a portion (or two) of this beauty right now ? 🙂
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As usual, use the best crabmeat you can afford.
Or, in a pinch, use kani kama, or substitute the crabmeat with shrimp, lobster or even diced roast- or sauteed chicken.

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Honey/Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe :
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1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup EVO
1/4 cup organic honey
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
Kosher salt and cayenne pepper to taste
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Whisk all ingredients until emulsified.

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Crabmeat, Baby Arugula, Avocado, Egg And Grape Tomato Salad In Honey/Mustard Vinaigrette

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Crabmeat, Baby Arugula, Avocado, Egg And Grape Tomato Salad In Honey/Mustard Vinaigrette

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Crabmeat, Baby Arugula, Avocado, Egg And Grape Tomato Salad In Honey/Mustard Vinaigrette

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Crabmeat, Baby Arugula, Avocado, Egg And Grape Tomato Salad In Honey/Mustard Vinaigrette

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Preparation :
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This dish is part of my upcoming meal plan # 2 –
“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH TWO 
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“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH ONE
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Black Pepper & Soy Chicken Wings

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If you think one more post about chicken wings is redundant, I do understand you 🙂
Just move on, don’t get upset, bored or annoyed. I will see you at my next post…….
However, realize this: You’ll miss a chance to look at one of the prettiest, tastiest, no-fuss to prepare chicken wings you will ever come across 🙂
So, if you decided to read on and look on – enjoy, take the time to replicate these babes and be the master of your own future-favorite chicken wings 🙂  Cheers !
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P.S.
If you can not obtain anatto powder (Annatto/Achiote/Roucou ), you can substitute red food coloring (In my humble opinion, this is more of a “pride-issue”, rather than a quality-issue) 🙂
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I did no include measurements in this recipe because I believe they are not necessary.
If you want to add any more or any less of any seasoning, just do so according to your own taste.
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Black Pepper & Soy Chicken Wings

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Black Pepper & Soy Chicken Wings

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Black Pepper & Soy Chicken Wings

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Preparation :
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This dish is part of my upcoming meal plan # 2 –
“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH TWO 
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“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH ONE

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Chicken Döner Kebab

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Döner Kebab, Sold At A Street Stand In Germany

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One of the first Exotic” dishes that had established itself in Germany after the mass-migration of millions of “Gastarbeiter” (Guest-Workers) from Italy, Turkey, Greece, and Yugoslavia in the 60’s, was the Turkish “Döner” (Doner Kebab).

It was unlike any other dish we had seen before, a huge spear of layered meat and fat, slowly spun and roasted on an upright grill, seasoned heavenly and served on a fluffy, tasty flatbread (Pita), with additions which generally contained salad or vegetables, such as tomato, lettuce, cabbage, and onions, with sumac, fresh or pickled cucumber, chili’s, and various types of sauces (often just plain yogurt). Little has changed in the preparation and the ingredients through the following decades and “Döner” has become as widespread in Germany as bratwurst and sauerkraut. 🙂
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Traditionally, Döner is sliced very thin and served wrapped in flatbread, such as pita. However, when I prepare it with chicken and at home, I prefer to slice the meat a bit thicker and serve the sandwich open-faced. If I have company, we can use fork and knife, or rip small pieces of the bread and top it with meat and condiments in individual bites (As I love to do)
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Chicken Döner Kebab

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Chicken Döner Kebab

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Chicken Döner Kebab

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Chicken Döner Kebab

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Chicken Döner Kebab

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Preparation :
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Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

 

Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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This was such a pleasant salad to enjoy early in the day.
The colors, flavors and lightness of its ingredients brightened the rest of my day and gave me a wonderful, guilt-free lunch. (I am still working on losing some of the many pounds I added while in Argentina.
So far it’s going well, 13 lbs in about one month, while always eating good and plenty. 🙂
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Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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Preparation :
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This dish is part of my upcoming meal plan –
“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH TWO 
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“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH ONE

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Congee With Mushroom, Carrot & Egg

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Congee With Mushroom, Carrot & Egg

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“Congee With Mushrooms, Carrots & Egg (Chinese Rice porridge)
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Excerpt from a previous post of  Congee  on ChefsOpinion :
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” Rice Porridge –
The first thing that comes to mind is probably baby food or hospital gruff.
Most folks would never think of ordering it from a menu in a restaurant, much less wake up and crave it for breakfast, if they hadn’t tasted or at least seen it before.

Now, let’s try again :
Congee. Lúgaw. Chok. Xifan. Juk. Okayu.
OK now, that’s better  🙂

Sounds more interesting and exotic? These are just a few names given to rice porridge around the world. If there is a country or region which traditionally eats rice, then there is some form of rice porridge eaten.
Congee can be enjoyed as breakfast, snack, lunch or dinner. Congee most often contains rice, but other grains can be used.
Ideally, it is made with strong, tasty stock that infuses great taste and debt into the dish. But from there on, let your fantasy run wild. Congee can be made with seafood, meat, vegetables or a combination thereof.
Then there are the toppings – Pickled vegetables, fried shallots, sliced scallions, any mushroom, crisp fried garlic, dried shrimps, 100-year eggs, cilantro, etc, etc.
If you like it, put it on.
Below is a version I made on Sunday for breakfast. The texture is more like a Filipino Lugaw, with the rice VERY soft but still keeping its shape. .
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Congee With Mushrooms, Carrot & Egg

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Congee With Mushrooms, Carrot & Egg

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Congee With Mushrooms, Carrot & Egg

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Congee With Mushrooms, Carrot & Egg

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Cantonese Soy Sauce Chicken ( See Yao Gai ) ( 酱油鸡 )

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Cantonese Soy Sauce Chicken ( See Yao Gai ) ( 酱油鸡 )

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If roast chicken is your favorite chicken dish, it’s probably because you never had the opportunity to taste this marvel of Chinese cuisine. Even if you did taste it, you most likely thought that this is way too complicated and difficult to prepare at home.
Well, here comes ChefsOpinion to the rescue 🙂
I am happy to give you all the info you’ll need to prepare this wonderful, actually simple to prepare, flavor-bomb at home.
Once you see the easy step by step instructions and how few ingredients are required, you will surely ask yourself why you’ve never tried your hands at this before. Enjoy ! 🙂
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Cantonese Soy Sauce Chicken ( See Yao Gai ) ( 酱油鸡 )

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Cantonese Soy Sauce Chicken ( See Yao Gai ) ( 酱油鸡 )

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Cantonese Soy Sauce Chicken ( See Yao Gai ) ( 酱油鸡 )

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Cantonese Soy Sauce Chicken ( See Yao Gai ) ( 酱油鸡 )

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Here is what I did the next day with the leftover chicken and sauce :
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Leftover Soy Chicken

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